How To Tell If You Have A Carpenter Ant Problem On Your Norfolk Property

November 15, 2021

Carpenter ants can infiltrate your home and cause major damage to your Norfolk property before you even realize what’s happening. Learning vital signs of carpenter ants and engaging in pest prevention is the best way to rid yourself of these insects.

a carpenter ant on a piece of wood

Identifying Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are an easily recognizable type of ant due to their larger size and distinct black or reddish-colored bodies. This insect has strong jaws that they use to tunnel through wood and eat other insects. Staying true to their name, carpenter ants prefer to live around your home in moist wooden areas such as the decaying wood near windows, doors, and chimneys or in the internal wood structures of your home. 

Carpenter ants can cause significant destruction in your home, thanks to their constant tunneling through the wood. However, unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat the wood, they merely chew through it in order to make their nests, resulting in major damage to the internal structures of your home and eventually leading to wall collapses if the ants are left to hollow out your the wood for a long time.

There are several signs of carpenter ants that you can watch for that may indicate an infestation is taking place on your Norfolk property.

  • As carpenter ants chew through the wooden areas of your home, they leave behind piles of wood shavings that are known as “frass.” Carpenter ant frass may cling to windowsills, baseboards, and door frames or anywhere there are carpenter kicking out the shavings.
  • Winged ants around your property or inside your home are a major sign that carpenter ants are moving in. Winged ants are typically reproductive ants that have broken away from the main colony to start a colony somewhere nearby or inside your home. You may also find shed wings alongside windowsills, door frames, and baseboards.
  • Once carpenter ants enter the internal structures of your home, they will get to work chewing and tunneling through any wood they find. You may hear a soft rustling noise coming from the walls. It is especially easy to listen to this sound at night time because carpenter ants are nocturnal.

Preventing Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants will typically enter buildings by moving through cracks or gaps around doors and windows, through holes used for electrical wiring or utilities, or through damaged wood that connects from outside to inside your property. They may also crawl on overhanging tree limbs and drop onto buildings this way.

To prevent carpenter ants from invading your property, you can follow some of these tips:

  • Inspect your home for potential entry points and seal any cracks or gaps found around your doors, windows, or foundation. You may also want to update weatherstripping and door sweeps.
  • Store all leftover food properly and dispose of food waste and trash promptly. Always use trash bags and trash cans that seal tightly to prevent the odor from attracting ants to your property. You should also clean up all food and liquid spills immediately.
  • Trim back all trees and bushes that overhang your home to prevent ants from accessing your structure this way.

If you see carpenter ants in your house, your first step should be to contact Hometown Pest Control. Our pest control experts will be able to eliminate carpenter ants at the source, saving your home from further destruction and infestation.

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